Have you ever stopped to read the ingredients on your tube of toothpaste? Did you ever wonder what you are really putting in your mouth?
Toothpaste and their companies have been under scrutiny by consumers for several questionable ingredients.
Fluoride is added to toothpaste to mineralize your teeth and lessen your risk of decay. Numerous studies and reports about the effects of fluoride on the body have come to light over the years. Studies have shown that over use of fluoride may include symptoms such as dental fluorosis, headaches, intestinal distress, and heightened arthritis pain. Fluoride has also been researched in its role in bone cancer and its link to an increase in hip fractures.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is the foaming agent in toothpaste, soaps, and shampoos. When you look at the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) you will find that it has the potential to be an irritant to the skin and gum tissue. Those that suffer from canker sores may have SLS sensitivity and should try using SLS free toothpaste.
Triclosan is used as a bactericide but is under the microscope due to its effects not only to the human body but also as a contaminant to our water system. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) states that triclosan can be a skin irritant. Furthermore the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted:
Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. However, data showing effects in animals don’t always predict effects in humans. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
Polyethylene microbeads or we can simply call them plastic beads! The latest dilemma in the dental toothpaste industry is an additive intended to help scrub the teeth but instead the result is that the microbeads have been found imbedded in the gum tissue and are causing a waste disposal issue.
Take note that these big brand name toothpastes do have ADA and FDA approval to use the ingredients listed above. As the American Dental Associations (ADA) website states:
Look for the ADA Seal—your assurance that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.
No longer feeling comfortable with your toothpaste? There is an easy, safe, cheap solution…make your own toothpaste.
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